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MLB DFS Plays: Monday

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

This article aims to find the best overall MLB DFS Plays and Bargains to help you construct a cash-worthy lineup. The following write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, meaning injury information, weather, and lineup cards could alter the fantasy landscape. Checking starting lineups and scanning our MLB Headlines Feed should keep you in the loop.

 

 

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PITCHER

 

Gerrit Cole – Houston (vs Tampa Bay)

 

The pitcher position is very top-heavy today, and we are looking towards Bauer, Cole, and Mikolas as the most viable cash game options. Gerrit Cole is probably the best pick within that, looking at a comfortable home matchup vs a mediocre Tampa Bay offense. We all know the Houston righty has capable strikeout upside, and you can blend a confident stack alongside him on FanDuel – more on that later.

 

 

Also Consider: Trevor Bauer, Miles Mikolas

 

 

 

CATCHER / FIRST BASE

 

Wilmer Flores – NY Mets (at Colorado)

 

The Mets check in with the second highest run-scoring projection of the night. They haven’t been very good against left-handed pitchers this season, but a massive park boost in Colorado vs Tyler Anderson vaults them into consideration tonight. Wilmer Flores is a specialist against left-handed pitchers, holding enough power-upside to fully take advantage over the “Coors Effect”.

 

 

Also Consider: Cody Bellinger, Evan Gattis, Eric Thames

 

 

 

SECOND BASE

 

Asdrubal Cabrera – NY Mets (at Colorado)

 

Cabrera piggybacks on the same rationale used for teammate Wilmer Flores above. There’s not much opportunity cost at the second base position, so my general strategy revolves looking towards Cabrera or punting the position with a cheapskate special (listed below). If you have enough salary, taking Cabrera for a mid-range price seems like the higher-upside scenario.

 

 

Also Consider: Rougned Odor, Kolten Wong (punt)

 

 

 

THIRD BASE

 

Todd Frazier – NY Mets (at Colorado)

 

Let’s keep picking on Tyler Anderson in Coors Field. Todd Frazier isn’t the most stable fantasy asset, but he has gained a nice track record for power against left-handed pitching throughout his career. Hopefully the upgraded park factor will help him unleash that tonight.

 

 

Also Consider: Colin Moran, Matt Carpenter

 

 

 

SHORTSTOP

 

Ahmed Rosario – NY Mets (at Colorado)

 

Ahmed Rosario rounds out this NYM hitting stack in Coors Field. He’ll enjoy a righty/lefty matchup against the aforementioned mediocrity of Colorado LHP Tyler Anderson. Similar to the second base position, there isn’t much opportunity cost at shortstop. Rosario checks in as one of the better per dollar options, while I’ll probably look towards him or punting the position with Alcides Escobar.

 

 

Also Consider: Alcides Escobar (punt), Addison Russell (tournaments)

 

 

 

OUTFIELD

 

Tommy Pham – St. Louis (vs Philadelphia)

 

Mr. Pham has top-notch upside while holding a moderate salary in a confident matchup against Philadelphia RHP Nick Pivetta – who holds a .368 wOBA and 21.5% HR/FB rate against right-handed bats. The blend of power and contact makes him an ideal asset for cash games.

 

 

Joc Pederson – LA Dodgers (at Chicago Cubs)

 

This is a boom-or-bust tournament recommendation, as Pederson almost always falls into that category. However, the matchup is encouraging tonight, stepping in against Cubs’ pitcher Tyler Chatwood and his .364 wOBA 19.1% HR/FB splits against left-handed hitters. Pederson has slowed down over the past week, but he found his groove with seven homers in eight games to start the month of June. This is a nice opportunity for Joc to find his homerun swing again.

 

 

Also Consider: Matt Kemp, Adam Eaton, Juan Soto, George Springer, Christian Yelich, Lonnie Chisenhall

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.